Mark Ashworth, assistant field supervisor, Groundwork East London

How did you break into the industry?

I used to be a plumber but I had to give it up following an accident. I saw an advert for a job at Groundwork and became a trainee for them in east London for six months. Then I had a couple of jobs through the organisation but I got asked to come back to the team at Groundwork East London and was made an assistant supervisor.

What is your typical day?

I get into the yard at about 8.30am and find out what jobs there are for the day. Then we load up and go to the site. We work on gardens around the borough of Newham. We go to community gardens and church gardens as well as looking after gardens owned by old age pensioners or disabled people. We stay out until about 3.30pm before going back to the yard. We finish at 4.30pm.

What takes up most of your time?

We do a lot of community gardens and they can be really overgrown. We spend a lot of time getting them back into shape.

Do you get out of the office enough?

Yes, I hate being in the office - I'd rather work cleaning the tools.

What is the best part of your job?

When you finish and you stand back and see you've done a good job.

What's the worst part of your job?

Getting up in the mornings.

How do you wind down after a day's work?

I go to the pub for a couple of beers.

What does the future hold?

I'm getting married soon. Hopefully, some time in the future I'll get my own round, which would mean a team of six of my own guys, who I could boss about. No, seriously, I just want to do well. I would like to have my own business one day.


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